In defense of recording police

August 02, 2010

I'm very pleased to see that citizens recording and perhaps publishing police activity in public is likely to remain protected under the law ("Recording police appears legal," July 31).

Indeed, the behavior of the motorcyclist cavorting dangerously on the highway deserved the attention of the police.

However, the incident also exposed dangerous activity by the officer as well.

If while driving an auto, speeding or not, I was approached by an individual in civilian clothes running toward me from an unmarked car with pistol drawn, I'd either quickly drive away or, if armed, shoot at the weapon bearer, assuming that he was at least a car-jacker Even if I could see a portable police light flashing in or on the unmarked car, I would behave no differently.

There have been too many reports of criminals posing as police on our roads.

It is also likely that another motorist might have deliberately struck down that officer disguised as a crazed civilian running on the highway with a pistol aimed at the cyclist.

At the very least, the officer should have been waving his badge, not a deadly weapon. That would give pause.

I appreciate The Baltimore Sun's continuing to report on this incident and others like it.

George Cohen, Baltimore

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